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Old 08-12-2017, 02:35 PM
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I think what I will do is get a more modern amp to compliment this one, and then take my chances just swapping 6V6s and listening to the tremolo for clues of bias problems or seeing if they burn out fast.

Is that a good plan?

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Old 08-12-2017, 02:51 PM
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Here is the thing. Tech's figured out a long time ago that sprinkling a little holy water on the amp in the form of "adjusting bias" was fun, easy, and lucrative. That's not from me, that's from Randall Smith, founder of Mesa Boogie, and he doesn't put adjustable bias in his amps. He does sell tested matched tubes, though.

Anyway, as ClintJ points out, the bias is absolutely testable - a tech can somewhat easily test the amp and determine if the bias is acceptable. There is a somewhat wide range of current that is just fine in the tube, and as I suggest the tube is not being run hard so it will probably be right in the window of acceptable. If it is, you've tested it and you know it's fine. Mostly tubes get into trouble if there is too much current. If you change the tubes and the tremolo works, I would call it good. If you change the tubes and it sounds the same, I would call it good. I would probably choose brand new matched tubes from a brand name supplier over random vintage tubes for everything, although I do happen to be working my way through a batch of vintage RCA's my wife found in a rummage store for $2 for a big bag of tubes in original packaging. If you get it tested with Groovetubes, for example, just keep buying Groovetubes for peace of mind.

Anyway, that's all I got on this
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:23 PM
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Another suggestion, if you go the route of new production tubes, is buy them in matched sets of 4. That way, if you have the amp set to the proper bias of one pair and they quit you can simply swap in the other pair and know that they're good to go. That's my usual method of buying tubes for my amps.
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